Saturday, 25 September 2010

Love your neighbour

The ethic of love is not unique to the New Testament. Jesus proclaims it by quoting the Old Testament texts( Matthew 22:34-40; cf. Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18). 

Leviticus 19:18 proscribes bearing grudges, so its main concern is that we love neighbours with whom we have differences, that is, our enemies. 
Exodus 23:4 - if we meet our enemy's ox or donkey going astray, we should return it to him. 
Proverbs 24:17 - We are not to rejoice at our enemy's misfortune

Romans 12:20 quotes Proverbs 25:21-22

What the New Testament adds is an emphasis on showing love to those outside our own community. Leviticus 19:34 -> Luke 10:25-37. 

The Doctrine of the Christian Life (Theology of Lordship), p690-91

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